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 Shopping for Appliances

Frugal Appliance Shopping

refrigerator with bow handles


by Nikki Willhite


The most frugal way to buy appliances is to purchase an appliance package, on sale.  That means you buy your refrigerator, range and dishwasher together for one price.  If you were to buy the same appliances individually, the price would be higher.


The advantage to an appliance package is that the appliances usually match.  That means that if the refrigerator has a bow handle, the same will be true of the range and the dishwasher.




refrigerator with bow handles


refrigerator with straight handles

Bow Handles

Straight Handles



However, unless your appliances all need replacing, you may not want to replace all of them.  If you like "high end" appliances, you will may also not want to do this, as most appliance packages are "builder grade."


Some people are very particular about the features that come with their appliances.  Refrigerators come with one or two doors, French doors on top and the freezer on the bottom, ice makers on the front doors and other configurations.  Ranges have electric or gas cook tops and vary in size.  Dishwashers come with many optional "bells and whistles."  Some dishwashers have extra insulation to muffle the sound when they are running.  If your dishwasher is near a family area, this may be important to you.


Then there is the whole option of energy saving appliances, and if "Energy Star" appliances are worth the extra money to buy them.


So the bottom line is that you have to consider function, appearance and price point when making your decision. 


Finally, be sure and measure your space.  When we went looking for a refrigerator, we found all of them taller than the space in our kitchen.  We solved the problem by removing the cupboard above the refrigerator and replacing it with a shelf.  It was not the prettiest solution, but it was the most frugal way to handle the problem with our limited skills.


Appliances should last for many years.  Be selective when choosing your appliances.  Be frugal and be smart.


About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!









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